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Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pasta Salad With Horseradish Dressing

Part of my cultural background is Polish, and I love it when my mother cooks Kielbasa sausage on a weekend morning.  So why not have it for lunch or dinner, too?  This is a spicy pasta salad that combines the classic summer flavors of sausage, peppers, and onion.  Hope you enjoy, as I have been this week!

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pasta Salad with Horseradish Dressing

Pieces:

  1. one kielbasa sausage link
  2. one read pepper
  3. one yellow pepper
  4. one half of a sweet onion
  5. 2 tbsp. olive oil for sauteing
  6. your favorite gluten free pasta (I used one half of a box/bag)
  7. 2 tbsp. olive oil for the dressing
  8. 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  9. 1 tsp. lemon pepper
  10. 2 tsp. dried thyme
  11. 3 tbsp. horseradish mustard (or 1 tbsp. horseradish and 2 tsp. Dijon mustard)
  12. 1 tsp. honey
  13. 3 tsbp. chopped parsley
  14. salt and pepper

 

Process:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Chop the peppers and onions into bite sized pieces.
  3. In a large sauté pan, sauté the peppers and onions in olive oil and salt and pepper until cooked (not crisp anymore).
  4. Cut the kielbasa lengthwise down the middle and then into bite sized pieces.
  5. In another large sauté pan, cook the kielbasa until cooked through and a little charred around the edges. (I didn’t use oil because the kielbasa has fat on it that should help it to sauté nicely)
  6. In a large bowl, combine the cooked and drained pasta, peppers, onions, and kielbasa.
  7. To make the dressing, put the olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon pepper, thyme, mustard, and honey in a dressing shaker or bowl and shake/stir to combine.
  8. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and stir to combine.
  9. Dress with chopped parsley.
  10. Enjoy hot or cold!

sausage pepper onion pasta salad

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

 

 

 

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Eeeek! Leeks!

I have always been intrigued by leeks and yet have never cooked with them… until now.  I bought two intimidating looking leeks and thought long and hard about how to cook them and with what.  Chicken seemed like a natural choice, and something that I couldn’t mess up.

After chopping off the green stalks and slicing the leeks into small rounds, they seemed less intimidating.  To go with my new friends, I cooked two chicken breasts in white wine, dijon mustard, butter, and thyme… and added sliced mushrooms and the leek rounds in at the end.  I was pleasantly surprised at the result!  The mushrooms and leeks went very well together and it only took about 30 minutes total.  I see another leek recipe in my future.

Leek and Mushroom Chicken with White Wine Sauce

Pieces:

  1. two chicken breasts
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  3. one and one half cups white wine
  4. 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  5. 2 tbsp. vegan butter
  6. 1 tbsp. thyme
  7. 1 container sliced mushrooms
  8. 2 leeks, sliced into small rounds and rinsed

Process:

  1. In a large saute pan with some olive oil, start to cook the chicken breasts on medium heat.
  2. Flip the chicken after 2 minutes.
  3. Add half of each of the white wine, dijon mustard, butter, and thyme.  (You can estimate the measure, and just pour it in there… it will mix while cooking).
  4. Cover and let simmer for about 7 minutes.  Watch that the wine doesn’t totally evaporate, and if it does, just add more.
  5. After 7 minutes, flip the chicken again.  Stir up any browned bits in the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the remaining wine, mustard, butter, and thyme as well as the mushrooms and leeks.
  7. Cover and let simmer 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Serve chicken with heaping spoonfuls of the leeks, mushrooms, and sauce on top.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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Potato Potato Beef Stew

Fall is the time to bring out the crock pot!  I love coming home to a meal cooking in the crock pot… the savory smells, the prep work that was already done, and the knowing that a hot meal is only minutes away.  Here is my hearty beef stew that is perfect for a cool fall night…

Potato Potato Beef Stew

Pieces:

  1. 1 lb. small white potatoes, cut into bite size pieces (quartered)
  2. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  3. 6 carrots, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  4. 6 parsnips, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  5. one half cup chopped onion
  6. 2 cans garlic and onion canned tomatoes, drained
  7. 2 lbs. sirloin meat tips
  8. one half cup red wine
  9. one half cup apple cider
  10. 2 tbsp. chopped rosemary, thyme, parsley
  11. 2 tbsp. cumin
  12. 1 tsp. garlic salt and pepper

Process:

  1. Put all pieces in the crockpot and heat on low for 5-5.5 hours.
  2. Stir occasionally.
  3. Serve hot!

Before…

And after a day of cooking with just a little heat and time…

Ready to eat!

Happy Allergy Free Eating… and stewing!

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